WikiLeaks: Bush Right on WMD

Examiner.com: Wikileaks: Saddam’s WMD Program Existed in Iraq

The recent release by WikiLeaks of classified Pentagon documents reveals that U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, encountered insurgents who were specialists in the creation of toxins, and uncovered weapons of mass destruction.

The latest WikiLeaks document dump reveals that as late as 2008, American troops continued to find WMD in the region.

Certainly interesting. On the inevitable media response, this was right on:

There are numerous mentions of chemical and biological weapons in the WikiLeaks documents, however the U.S. media appear only interested in those portions of the leaked material that highlight actions that are viewed as embarrassing for the U.S. military such as the accusation that U.S. commanders were aware of abuse and “torture” of prisoners by Iraqi soldiers and police officers.

And there’s more:

According to the latest WikiLeaks document “dump,” Saddam’s toxic arsenal, significantly reduced after the Gulf War, remained intact. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict and may have brewed up their own deadly agents, according to the WikiLeaks web site.

During that time, former Iraqi General Georges Sada, Saddam’s top commander, detailed the transfers of Iraq’s WMD. “There [were] weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”

Gen. Sada’s comments came just a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, claimed that Saddam Hussein “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”

Is it enough to silence the “Bush Lied and People Died!” crowd? Of course not. Nothing would be. The revelation that the cost of the Iraq war in its entirety worked out to be less than the so-called “stimulus” bill wasn’t enough to quiet those who hammer the last administration on the cost.

Still, while there are legitimate lingering arguments about what our role should be, militarily, across the globe, this latest dump of documents should at least begin to answer some as-yet unanswered questions surrounding the circumstances in the lead up to the Iraqi invasion.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Leak me some photos of Saddam’s, Uday’s and Qusays tombstones.

  2. Jenna says:

    Why did they not come forward and TELL the American people that there were, in fact, WMDs?!

  3. John Buyon says:

    Jeff
    this is extremely intellectually dishonest

    NO one disputed that Saddam a genocidal maniac would have attempted to build WMD’s
    but the truth is that
    1) Israel bombed his facilities
    2) severe sanctions placed after the gulf war decimated Iraq’s economy and severely weakened it’s military capacity… ( we defeated their army of 1 million in 3 weeks)
    3) a toxic dump is not a WMD… remember the talk from the previous admin as well as Blair about WMD’s hitting London in 45 minutes? yeah that is what we were supposedly defending ourselves against… not a toxic dump.

    and more stop this BS about the stimulus costing more than the war.
    it is just straight up not factually true 1.5 T War , 800 B stimulus

    and 2. even if the stimulus cost more so what? is 300 B in tax cuts, 300 B in emergency payments and entitlements, and 200 B in infrastructure development more evil then a war which is the most clearest expression of government power and state authority? especially a war built on faulty premises.

    I’m disappointed Jeff.

  4. My pet theory is the good stuff was put on trucks and/or rails and shipped to fellow Baathist regime Syria during the build up. Saddam was evil, not stupid.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  5. Protect our Nation says:

    Liberals don’t believe in war. They believe all disputes should be handled diplomatically. Saddam had over 18 months notice to hide or disburse his WMD’s. Diplomacy should alway be our first attempt, but when you are dealing with an irrational people, an irrational religion what are you supposed to do? Talk til your blue in the face while they are blowing up our buildings and killing innocent people? If they could, they would nuke our nation while you are trying to talk peace. I am all for peace, unfortunately it often comes at a very costly price.

  6. Anonymous says:

    9:29 refer to 12:12

  7. Anonymous says:

    LMAO John.

    Apply the same standard to the birthers….. I guess you’d be a WMD-er.

    Technically speaking, the 1.5 Trillion is misleading as the associated costs of conducting the war should only be those expenses above the standard cost of what maintaining and operating a military despite a wartime effort, in addition to those jobs, R&D, and corporate funding for support and production for the war. (pssst sad to say, but wars are good for the economy)

    Straight up, intellectually.

  8. John Buyon says:

    @ 12:18 I’m sorry but you are stupid its now 9 years too late and you still don’t know that Saddam (however evil he was) did not attack the twin towers on 9/11

    @ 3:06

    did you say wars are good for the economy???

    Oh of course they are… who can ever think that massive government spending, government guaranteed employment, Government investment in R&D, government created jobs are ever bad????

    shot yourself in the foot there.
    how about the right wing formulates it’s opinions on the role, power and authority of the state a little better.
    because to me you people seem to hate big government when the government is helping the citizens but love big government when it taps your phones spies on your neighbors harasses you at airports and kills Iraqis

  9. Jeff Schreiber says:

    World War II ended the Great Depression, John, which the New Deal policies of FDR artificially extended by as many as seven years.

  10. Anonymous says:

    drama queen at 8:24

  11. John Buyon says:

    @ Jeff

    you must be experiencing cognitive dissonance right now…

    do you know what war is? it is the government employing millions of people for fighting foreign nations while simultaneously employing millions of people directly/indirectly building weapons. this is all done through massive taxation, regulation and propaganda. That is war.

    and ” WW2 ended the depression not new deal”
    the government spent 22% of the national income during the height of the new deal and 55% of the national income during the last 2 years of WW2

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/downchart_gs.php?year=1903_2010&view=1&expand=&units=p&fy=fy11&chart=F0-total&bar=0&stack=1&size=l&title=US%20Government%20Spending%20As%20Percent%20Of%20GDP&state=US&color=c&local=s

    yes indeed massive government spending and intervention ( War ) ended the depression.

  12. Jeff Schreiber says:

    How Government Prolonged the Depression: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123353276749137485.html

    Start with that, and use your Google powers to better understand the relationship between WWII and the Great Depression. Not to mention the New Deal and where we sit today.

  13. Sam says:

    WW II wasn’t to employ….. it was to get Hitler to a point he would put a bullet in his own head. Ask my dad.

  14. Anonymous says:

    @ John

    Webster’s must have missed that definition of war.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war

    yep, not even remotely there, intellectually speaking, of course.

    If I had shot myself in the foot, how are you standing with no legs?

  15. John says:

    If you employ basic research skills you will discover that a document in 2006 reported that approximately 500 chemical shells were discovered in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. These wikileaks documents overlap with that one. In fact I could only find one instance of chemical shells being found after 2006-in 2008 and there were only 10 of them. This number (510 or so), and type of shell (155mm) corresponds to the number and type of shells Iraq declared missing in their UNSCOM reports.

    Thus, ta-da these “WMDS” found are most likely those same shells left over from the Iran-Iraq war. These shells were not what the war was about. Rather it was initiated to determine if Saddam had reconstituted his WMD programs, or if he had stocks that were “hidden”. These stocks were not hidden, they were not in the regime’s command and control. They didn’t know where they were.

    So despite the fact that 99.8 percent of Iraq’s chemical weapons program was accounted for, as well as 100 percent of his nuclear, and bio programs, as well as all delivery systems before the war, war supporters still want to be vindicated on the WMD issue.

  16. John Buyon says:

    @ Jeff
    the article you posted AGREES that the social safety nets of the new deal did good, it’s main quarrel with the New deal was the NIRA which was just a insane amount of regulations intended for good but causing extremely irrational incentives. I have no objections to this article, or its point that faulty regulations like the NIRA are bad economics.

    but, you are shooting past me..
    saying that a war improves the economy is called being a military Keynesian nothing wrong with that I agree with you that war improves the economy ( at least temporarily) and especially if the economy is in a recession/depression

    But why Mr. Shreiber does war improve the economy?
    could it be that war means a massive expansion of federal government spending which brings employment and ….. STIMULUS ?

  17. CURIOUS GEORGE says:

    What is it with Wiki-Leaks? Off topic, but could we get em to maybe leak some of Obama’s life history, specifically Occidental records?

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